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June 2009 4x4 Truck & Auto News - RPM

Posted in Project Vehicles on June 1, 2009
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Photographers: Brenda Priddy & Company

2011 Super Duty Captured!
Our spies have once again caught a mule of the 2011 Ford Super Duty undergoing testing. The Super Duty mule is now sporting production bodywork under the black camouflage, inspired by the 2002 F-350 Tonka and 2006 Super Chief concept truck. While the doors and greenhouse will remain the same, the entire front clip has been modified and judging from the camo, there may be a new rear fender stamping that houses modified taillights. Under the hood, the new truck houses Ford's all-new in-house 6.7L Scorpion turbodiesel V-8 or 6.2L premium V-8 and while manual hubs are retained, manual transmissions likely aren't, leaving Dodge as the only option for those shift-it-yourself holdouts like us.

Team Gordon to Run Third Hummer at Dakar 2010
Team Gordon Off-Road announced plans to run a third Hummer in the 2010 Dakar Rally. Eliseo Salazar, a Chilean former Formula One, IndyCar and sports car driver, is scheduled to be the driver of the team's third Hummer entry. Team Gordon Off-Road completed its fourth and most-successful attempt at the 2009 Dakar Rally, which ran throughout the South American countries of Argentina and Chile. Gordon finished Third overall behind Giniel De Villiers, the 31st Dakar Rally car class winner. Gordon's teammate, Eric Vigouroux drove his identical Hummer to a 13th-place finish.

Raptor R To Run Full Race Schedule
Ford Racing and Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) announced today that the F-150 SVT Raptor R, the same truck that finished Third in class at the 41st SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, will run in the 2009 "Best In The Desert" race series. Veteran Ford truck racers and former "Rough Riders" Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges will pilot the truck. The privately funded team will run all five points races for 2009 in the Raptor R to continue testing the durability of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor and its production components. The race truck is powered by a specially modified and calibrated 500hp version of the production 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is mounted to a production-spec six-speed automatic F-150 transmission. The F-150 SVT Raptor R also serves as a test bed for the development of a lineup of race-proven, desert-tested, off-road performance parts that will be available through the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.

Rancho Sponsors 4-Wheel Parts' Truck & Jeep Fest
Transamerican Auto Parts announced that Rancho has signed on as a sponsor of the 4-Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest events for 2009. Rancho joins other top brands such as BFGoodrich Tires, Warn, K&N Filters, KMC Wheels, and MagnaFlow Exhaust as sponsors of the 2009 Truck and Jeep Fest. Rancho also plans to take its exciting Rancho Interactive Garage to all Truck and Jeep Fest events to promote its new truck and UTV products. The 4-Wheel Parts 2009 Truck & Jeep Fest event kicked off Feb. 28th in San Mateo, California, and includes eight events across the U.S. Over 100,000 square feet of custom trucks and Jeeps will be on display, along with the latest wares from off-road product manufacturers. Admission is free (except the Canfield, Ohio, special event), and off-road enthusiasts can win prizes at hourly giveaways, see product demonstrations, take advantage of special factory-direct (up to 25-percent) off already-low prices, special incentives on installation, and a huge overstock area with merchandise priced at pennies on the dollar. Remaining events on the 2009 schedule include:

Dallas, Texas: May 16-17
Ontario, California: June 13-14
Denver, Colorado, July 11-12
Canfield, Ohio: July 25-26
Orlando, Florida: August 22-23
Atlanta, Georgia, August 29-30

For more information about 4-Wheel Parts and the Truck & Jeep Fest events, visit

Powder Puffs Race For The Cure
Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants announced its title sponsorship of the 4th Annual Powder Puff Race for the Cure, created by M.O.R.E (Mohave Off-Road Enthusiast) & DAMZL Inc. Benefits and donations acquired from this year's event will support Cedars Sinai Women's' Breast Cancer Research Center. This year's event will take place in Barstow, California, on October 9-10, 2009. Last year, participation in the Powder Puff Race for the Cure reached an all-time high with more than 160 teams racing, who, combined with donations, raised more than $115,000 for the Cedars Sinai Women's Breast Cancer Research Center. This year, the Powder Puff Race for the Cure is working to raise more than $150,000 to help further this cause. The Powder Puff Race for the Cure is the largest all-women driver event, as well as one of the overall largest events put on by M.O.R.E and DAMZL, each year bringing teams in from all over the country. All vehicles in the race will run a 20-mile loop and compete with vehicles split up into two different heats. For more information, log onto

K&N Takes Consumer Confidence to a New Level
Long known for its Million-Mile Limited Warranty, K&N continues to stand behind its product and its consumers. Occasionally, consumers may encounter uncooperative dealerships that claim the presence of a K&N air filter voids their vehicle warranty coverage. Even though there are laws designed to protect consumers, the problem can still exist, leaving the consumer at a disadvantage and the dealership in control. K&N now offers its Consumer Protection Pledge. The Pledge states that K&N will not allow a consumer to be taken advantage of by a misinformed dealership. K&N has a team of professionals specially trained to step in, interact directly with the dealership, and resolve any warranty concerns the dealership may have. If they cannot reach a solution with the dealership, the consumer will be taken care of, and K&N will pursue remedies directly from the dealership. The complete details of K&N's Consumer Protection Pledge and Warranties can be found online at

BFGoodrich Tires Captures Ninth Dakar Victory
Competing with new BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, Volkswagen Race Touareg driver Giniel De Villiers scored the first Dakar win of his career. The South African's American teammate, Mark Miller, followed him across the line to hand the Volkswagen team a resounding one-two finish at the first Dakar to take place in South America. For one of cross-country rally racing's benchmark tire brands--BFGoodrich Tires--this year's result takes its total score to nine Dakar wins.

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